Mircea Cantor reproduces his own inky fingerprints on the wall. While the title of the work seems to allude to a crown or a garland, the layout of the installation in the gallery space evokes the idea of borders and barbed wire like the ones that normally bar the way to cultures and lives. The reference to refugees is inevitable, as is the reference to biometric identification at border crossings and a social context obsessed with control. The Romanian-born artist, now living in France, often works with the idea of the physical trace. Without sacrificing lyricism, he denounces the paradoxes of territorial control in the global world of information.
You can listen to Cantor’s own statements in an interview with Radio Web MACBA on August, 2016: